Modern plates and totems shine at Stafford railwayana auction

The second Stafford Railwayana Auction of 2019 took place on July 6, with the top price achieved going to the ‘Western’ nameplate and cabside set from D1001 Western Pathfinder – setting a new record for the class at £15,500. Modern traction nameplates continue to shine, with Class 47 No. 47593 Galloway Princess at £3,500 and Class 86 electric nameplate from No. 86242 James Kennedy G.C. made £3,000.

Totem value: The B.R.(M) pairing of Northampton Castle and Northampton Bridge Street realised £6,100 and £4,000 respectively .

Steam plates

In steam, the brass oval LNER worksplate from Gresley Pacific No. 4487 Sea Eagle/Walter K Wigham engraved with ‘No. 1852 Doncaster 1937’, soared to reach £6,000 to a delighted A4 enthusiast – while the smokebox numberplate from LMS Jubilee No. 45560 Prince Edward Island fetched £2,400.


A total of 62 totem station signs were offered here, with rarity and quality continuing to take the headlines. The B.R.(M) pairing of Northampton Castle and Northampton Bridge Street saw £6,100 and £4,000 respectively, while first time out B.R.(W) St.Clears made £3,300. A stunning fully flanged B.R.(E) Mablethorpe took £2,800 whilst from Scotland, Dundee Tay Bridge saw £2,400 and a nice pairing of Newport-on-Tay West and East examples were not far behind at £2,300 each.

Next stop: Channel 4!

Filming took place during the auction in connection with a new Channel Four series now in production depicting ‘Scotland’s Wonderful Railways’, to be aired later in the year.

Future auctions

More totems are due to be sold at Mid-Hants Auctions in New Alresford on October 26 and at Stafford on February 8, 2020.

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